A safety awareness training day has been held in Galashiels for motorcyclists looking to brush up on their skills.
Recent figures show that although bikers only make up 1% of traffic users across the Borders, a huge 20% of fatal or serious accidents involve motorcyclists.
Lori Carnochan has been to find out more:
Bikers from across the Borders have been attending a special road safety open day in Galashiels.
Although people on motorbikes only account for 1% of road users across the Borders, 20% of fatal or serious accidents involve a biker.
Motorcyclists were partnered up with instructors who assessed their riding skills, before going over some basic techniques. The bikers were taken on a 30 minute ride around Selkirk, before returning to Galashiels for their debrief.
However, the day wasn't just for people who have recently passed their test. Many of the attendees were experienced bikers, looking to refresh their skills.
Motorcyclists from across the Scottish Borders are being encouraged to take part in a new safety initiative.
The Borders bikers open day is giving riders the chance to brush up on their road safety skills before the official biking season gets underway.
The Skill for Life course will provide expert advice on motorcycling techniques, including a 30 minute rider assessment.
There will also be an offer of 20 free places on the Institute of Advanced Motorists training course for local riders.
The open day is being held at Galashiels Fire Station between 10am and 3pm.
Cumbria Police are appealing for witnesses after a motorcyclist died following a collision with a police van.
The accident happened on the A590 between Melton and Lindal at about 10.30 on Friday night.
Scott Gibson, 23, from Barrow in Furness died at the scene.
The motorcyclist who died in a collision near Selkirk on Sunday (14th July) has been named as John Southern, from Blyth, Northumberland.
The 60-year-old was riding his Triumph Tiger when he was involved in a collision with a Seat Leon car on the A699 Selkirk to St Boswells Road, near to Lindean, at around 4.30pm.
Mr Southern was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary by air ambulance but later died.
The three people in the Seat Leon were taken to Borders General Hospital for treatment to minor injuries.
The family of a 47-year-old man who was killed in a motorbike accident on Sunday (14th July) have paid tribute to him.
Michael Bates, from Kelso, was involved in a collision with another motorcycle and a tractor, on the A683 outside of the Fat Lamb hotel in Ravenstonedale, Cumbria.
Mr Bates was taken to the James Cook Hospital in Middlesborough by air ambulance, but died of his injuries.
The family of Michael Bates said:
"It is with great sadness that Michael has so tragically been taken from us.
"A keen motorcyclist for several years with a zest for life. Michael who loved both home and work life will be sorely missed by his wife Jacqueline, sons Tom and Mick and daughters Jo and Sophie.
A 45-year-old man was also treated for minor injuries and was taken to Berwick Hospital.
The 20-year-old driver of the tractor did not require hospital treatment.
Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact Cumbria Police on 101 and ask to speak to PC 895 Andy Ivison or Sergeant 1204 Jo Walker of the Northern roads policing unit.
A motorcyclist has died after colliding with a car on the A699 between Selkirk and St Boswells.
The crash happened on Sunday afternoon (14th July) near the Lindean junction.
The rider was airlifted to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary from the scene.
The road was closed for seven hours and police say enquiries are still ongoing.
A motorcyclist is seriously ill in hospital after a crash on the A72 near Peebles.
The accident happened yesterday at around 1pm between Peebles and Blyth Bridge.
The 52 year old biker was airlifted to hospital in Edinburgh where he's in a critical condition.
No other vehicle is thought to be involved.
Scottish Borders police are appealing for witnesses to the accident.
A motorcyclist has died on the A591 in Cumbria. The man was on the A591 travelling from Ambleside when his bike hit a stone road sign near Thirlmere Reservoir just before 11pm last night. The 54 year old from Maryport died at the scene.